Continuing our Names & Titles of the Holy Spirit series in this article I am going to look at all the scriptures where the Holy Spirit is referred to as the Spirit of Life.
It Is The Spirit That Gives Life
It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. (John 6:63)
The word quickeneth means to make alive. Therefore it is the Spirit that gives life.
It is hard to explain to someone who doesn’t have the Spirit. After all, you are alive, aren’t you? You are living life, marrying, working, raising children, laughing, joking, etc, etc. Sure, not everything is a bed of roses, you might even be in pain, suffering from illness, and so forth… but you are alive, right?
All I can say… it wasn’t until I received the Holy Spirit that I knew what it was like to be alive.
And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins (Eph 2:1)
Once you have received the Spirit of God you realize you weren’t alive before. It does feel like you were literally dead in your trespasses and sins. You didn’t know it, you felt alive, but you weren’t.
Many years ago I was a passenger in a car driving along the highway at night and we come to this long straight of road and this car coming in the other direction had its high beam on – it was so bright it was almost blinding.
The guy I was traveling with had so many lights on his truck that it was unbelievable. I don’t know what they were also designed to do but he hit the button and turned them all on at once. I’m not kidding it lit up the entire straight and you could see for miles all around.
I felt sorry for the person in the other car. They quickly turned their high beam off.
My point from this perhaps silly analogy is that the car coming the other way had a light that was almost blinding but when hit with the lights from our vehicle it wasn’t a light at all.
That’s the difference between being alive without the Spirit and having the Spirit – it is not life at all without the Spirit.
The same analogy can also be made between the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testament was that original almost blinding light, the New Testament makes that light disappear in its brightness.
But the spirit giveth life (2 Cor 3:6)
We have been made able ministers of the New Testament. We are told not by the letter that kills but by the Spirit that gives life.
This is what we are to minister to the people. The life-giving words, power, and experience of the Spirit. Not some cold stone tablets that administer death.
We are to pour in the oil and the wine. The kind that restores people’s souls!
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. (Rom 8:2)
The Spirit Is Life
- If Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. (Rom 8:10)
- He that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. (Gal 6:8)
So if the Spirit is life then where do you find life?
Obviously, we should sow to the Spirit because it is of the Spirit that we shall reap everlasting life. I don’t know about you but I want my life to be everlasting. Lasting forever – how good is our God?